How to Stop Mail for a Vacation With the US Post Office


The United States Postal Service will hold mail at most addresses for three to 30 days. There are three different ways to place your mail on a temporary hold, and only one format should be used to complete the request. The easiest and quickest way to have the USPS hold your mail is to file online at the United States Postal Service website.

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Step 1

Go to the United States Postal Service Hold Mail service website at Enter your zip code to verify that your post office facility works with the online system.

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Step 2

Accept the Privacy Act statement.

Step 3

Fill out the customer information boxes, including full name, address and phone number.

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Step 4

Verify your address. Your address may have been standardized to the United States Postal Service format.

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Step 5

Select a beginning and ending date from the drop-down option boxes. Choose whether you would like the post office to automatically deliver your mail or if you would like to pick it up after the hold is complete. Enter any additional instructions in the text box.

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Step 6

Click "Yes" to verify your request. Print the confirmation page and keep your confirmation number in case you need it for future reference.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If you cannot submit your request online, you can submit one by calling a representative at 1(800)-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or by completing and submitting a PS Form 8076 to your local post office.
  • You can modify or cancel your your request at the same hold mail website with your confirmation number.
  • Online hold mail requests can begin on the same postal business day if submitted before 2:00 A.M. Central Time.
  • A hold request can be submitted no more than 14 days in advance of the beginning date.
  • If you need your mail held longer than 30 days contact your local Post Office.
  • A Hold Mail request is not necessary for a P.O. Box, as mail will be allowed to accumulate for up to 30 days.


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